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Starting a lawn care business.

How to start a lawn mowing business, lawn care business, or landscaping business. If you are starting a lawn care business, ask your questions here.
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Old 09-21-2009, 09:49 PM
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Ok so, my mind is always thinking so once again I am thinking about everything. My wife and kid, work, bills, home,vehicles,money,economy, equipment,customers, everything. So, today I was thinking if you are a one man show with no help whatsoever, how much can you do by yourself? I cannot answer this question for anyone except me. What can I do with the trailer, the mowers, trimmers,ladders, etc...? All Alone? I am a working SOB. I dont stop I love money it is what motivates me. I am the guy that has to keep up with the Jones. If you have a 100 inch flat screen TV and your showing me up i will go buy a 120 inch. I dont know if they make them just an example. Ive always been like that, always. You say you have 20 grand in the bank I will show you 25. I dont know why i am like that. perception problem perhaps who knows. So anyways Alone with all the equipment I dont see why you cannot do 20 yards a day. Thats 100 a week. Same with Gutter cleaning 100. So, if you have 4 seasons like we do, I dont see why a person cannot do 100 of everything. Seems like alot doesnt it?. I know there are some people on here who make alot of money and there are some who just do what they can. Which is fine either way. My goal for next spring is to have 45 accounts for lawn. I work a full time job plus this extra work. And i have done very well this year. I am tired, but, I have money. How far do you take all this and make money and spend money. It takes both in order for it to work. If I spend $1,000 I want to make $4,000. If I spend $20 I want to make $100. So my question is all about how far are you willing to go to have a new truck? New equipment? New vehicle for the wife? Good school for the kid? Nice toys? And a good bank roll? Or are we all just here so we don't have to work for someone else and make a few hundred dollars a week? I don't know. I am not big time, but I do see my future looking very well if I put up some extra effort and get motivated and quit my damn job and move forward. But it can also go up in a flash as well and I could lose everything at any moment. So whats the risk? I want my kid to be happy and have some nice stuff, and have a future. My dad left me nothing. It's not going to happen that way with mine. My wife, same thing. My bank account same thing. I cant do 15 lawns a week and make it unless I live somewhere else and have nothing. It's always what you make it to be. And i believe that. Funny subject. Money. It's funny what people will do for money and to what length they go for getting it. I am not here to live on 200 a week. that i know. And this lowballing BS can stop. I work at my wage that i want nobody else. If you wont push a mower for 20 bucks because you want 25, GTF out of the way and i will do it for 20 bucks. I know the mentality of some. And that is the mentality of some. Not only will I make $5 less then what you wanted. I will find more then one way to make more money off them. Thats my rant for the week. Somebody please throw there opinion down. I want to know if i am off or my head is off or what. Am I missing something I dont know.
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you dont see why some one cant do 20 yards a day stand alone?...lol you must not have done too much work in this industry... this is my first season or year what ever you want to call it, it may be possible if you had a whole neighbor hood with .5 arce lots with no drive time but you would still be doing sh*tty work and half *** missing stuff ect.... not trying to pop your bubble but 20 yards a day would make you want to rip your head off.... thats 100 accounts if you cut weekly, plus what are you going to do if it rains just one or two days....or better yet your mower breaks down and you have to wait a week or two for a single part...
I have big hopes also as well and am tring on my business, but dude no way running soley on your self is that possible...i know you wrote more on the subject but that covers that part
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I do 18 a week and plus work a 55 hour week at my full time job. I have mowers trimmers and a nice trailer. So what would the difference be if i added 40 more lawns and quit my job? start at 8 or 9 am and be done by 10 pm. Same hours I work now except I work at 5 am till 4 30pm and saturdays is a 7 hour shift.

Maybe Im at the wrong forum because i dont see how you can make it doing 10 yards a season. You guys must have alot of money and no bills.. Unless your making a killing off of those 10 and there twice a week accounts. Takes me average of 45 minutes a house. And I dont miss anything or do a half job. One I do 2x a week.

Thats a 10 hour shift on 20 accounts a day. Am I right? So all your doing is shifting momentum from one full time job to another and working for yourself doing the same amount of work. Maybe I am way off base i don't know. Guys like me don't make alot of money working full time jobs. Thats all I know. And I am a certified welder.
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Man I couldn't agree more. Now I have to find a 140" TV. I always have to keep the wife in a nice car and when it comes to work I send them to the shop. My father give me crap about spending $130 to replace an oxygen sensor in my truck last week but I counter it with "I have busted my but my whole life. I earned everything, I have been at the bottom when I had no other choice but to work on my own cars. I have done very well for myself and don't have to work on them anymore. Besides how much money would i loose doing it myself? If my truck it out of commission I am not mowing lawns" To be honest though I dont like to work so I hire help to do the crappy work. I don't pay well but the economy works in my favor. If someone dosnt work out then they are fired, there are a lot of fish in the unemployment see right now.
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So, today I was thinking if you are a one man show with no help whatsoever, how much can you do by yourself? I cannot answer this question for anyone except me. What can I do with the trailer, the mowers, trimmers,ladders, etc...? All Alone?
If you were running your business full time, would you hire employees if you needed them or would you prefer to remain a one man operation?
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If you were running your business full time, would you hire employees if you needed them or would you prefer to remain a one man operation?
Steve. I would hire others to do all the work. Thats just because I don't like working. I would rather play while others made me wealthy. On a second note if it wasn't that much work I would to the bulk of it and hire someone to do the grunt or nasty work. Thats just me though.
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Steve. I would hire others to do all the work. Thats just because I don't like working. I would rather play while others made me wealthy. On a second note if it wasn't that much work I would to the bulk of it and hire someone to do the grunt or nasty work. Thats just me though.
I can see this being the ideally, but why does it seem so difficult to pull off? Or at least take that step and go from the smaller business where the owner is onsite all the time to the managed business where the owner manages but doesn't necessarily need to be onsite all the time?

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My biggest problem with making the transition is finding someone to take the workload for the price I can afford to pay them. It was a dream when I got to the point where I could do this but I must remain on site because I have yet to find basically cheep reliable labor. In fact last Monday my worker never even showed up for work. This is why I must stay on the ball and ready to work at all times. Just because an employee decides not to work doesn't mean work can wait a day.
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